The purpose of this experiment is to better understand China today, reflect on China’s changing global role and in a small way hold up a mirror to China’s national identity. When all pieces of mat are sold or after 6 months (whichever comes sooner) the income from sales will be tallied up, commission paid to Taobao and the remaining money will be made available for the following:
The author, assistants and other contributors in this experiment will not receive any income from revenue generated directly by the sale of mats in experiment.
Commenting on other countries comes easily. But when the focus is turned on your own country, culture, practices – comfort levels shift. If Chinese designers, thinkers and artists had the opportunity to run similar experiments in other countries – which countries would they choose? What questions would they ask? What taboos would they challenge? And what would they learn about themselves?